Sunday, August 14, 2016

Universal City Walk Perspective.

I went to Universal City Walk on assignment for Querto Press to do a step by step sequence that showed how I would approach a scene with multiple vanishing points. This scene has five different vanishing points because all the buildings are at different angles to each other. The book on Perspective that this sketch was done for also has a large section in the back that feature drawings done in Orlando that can be completed by students to learn about one, two and three point perspective.

I was at the location with a friend a month before but there wasn't him to sketch. Unfortunately security at Universal Studios considers an artist stool as a threat, and I had to walk back to my car to get rid of it. Going to sketch in such a controlled environment has it's disadvantages.

At ant theme park setting there is always a wall of tourists walking around. It becomes a challenge to decide which tourists to include and where. If someone stands a few feet in front of me blocking much of the view, they are ignored. I had a hotdog at a street vendor around the corner and the dog was quite good, but expensive. Although I used to live only a quarter mile away from City Walk, I seldom went, because I prefer to keep my distance from the tourist hoards.

Would it be possible for a madman with an assault rifle to go on a shooting spree at City Walk? Most likely the answer is yes, but he couldn't sit on his own stool.

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